Remembering Coach Dick Harter
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  1. DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 03/13/2012 7:40 PM

    From Trail Blazers President Larry Miller-
    "Dick Harter left an indelible mark on basketball in the state of Oregon and really throughout the entire country.  The Trail Blazers are fortunate and honored to have had the opportunity to call one of the best minds in basketball one of their own.  Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Harter family and his friends in the basketball community." 
    'Kamikaze Kids' Coach Dick Harter, who led standout Oregon teams, dies at 81 via Bob Clark of the Register Guard-
     Harter’s era at Oregon was marked by a McArthur Court that was filled to capacity night after night and that saw the Ducks mirror their coach’s intense personality with a style of play that led to the players being nicknamed “The Kamikaze Kids.” The Ducks were 113-81 in those seven years, and while they didn’t win a Pac-8 title, their accomplishments were notable, including famously breaking a 98-game winning streak for UCLA at Pauley Pavilion.
    “You talk about people leaving footprints. He left his footprints,” said Ernie Kent, a Harter player who went on to coach the Ducks from 1997-2010. “He changed the mentality of a community, he changed a program, he changed lives.” 

    “The greatest testament to any coach isn’t his record but the fact that here it is, 35 years later, and there are so many of us who stayed in contact with Dick and wanted him to be a part of our life,” Kent said. “He was extremely tough on us, and I know that’s what some people will remember, but I don’t think there’s a guy who played for him and went on to be successful in his life who won’t say it’s because of what Dick did for them.

    “I would hope that when all is said and done, it’s not about wins and losses but it’s about changing lives, and Dick did. He was not perfect — none of us are — but I’ll always be grateful for what he did for me. I’m honored to have played for him and to have had him in my life.” 


    What are your fondest memories of Coach Harter? Take a moment and share them with us.

    Personally, I wasn't alive to see those Kamikaze Kid teams, but whenever Oregon has a good squad, they ALWAYS bring up Coach Harter and those teams.
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  1. ClydeFrog
    Posts: 975

    Posted 03/14/2012 10:02 PM

    My dad talks about the Kamikaze Kids all the time! Thank you for everything you did for Oregon basketball Coach!
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